Well the boredom of winter, -20Â°C and colder last week or so, combined w/the upcoming c'mas present season on a limited budget has gotten me to grab the old slides from the parental house and transferring them to a TV-DVD w/soundtrack. I figure will give for pressies as no-one has ever looked at them and so far is mostly baby/early years of my oldest sister when she enjoyed only child status. As well were the only early images of her which no-one in the last 45 yrs. has viewed.
Wonder if so many people have slides from the late 40's-50's because they were the first color format?? Was surprised at the quality and how well they aged altho the light sensitivity would have been hard to work w/as a photographer as seems white and sun on skin is bleached and best are ones taken in shade.
After fooling around on pc for awhile (not my machine of choice) but to cater to the 97% who would poss. view as well as the slide scanner is XP specific. (my bro. and I are long term mac-addicts) I gave up on trying to do a powerpoint slideshow as couldn't get music to play thru whole show, either it would play entirely for each slide, or start over each slide. Tho 'help' sounded like it was easy, but after many tries gave up on it.
So transferred files (networked) to the good 'ol girl, my G5 iMac, and was looking around as mac OSX comes w/gobs of software incl. and noticed one called iDVD. What a blast, and an easy prg. to learn, drag and drop, select and load, add audio tracks, any way you can think of to add stuff, it will do it. Nice titles w/many choices of effects and also effects for the slides themselves, tho I pretty much stuck to the 'Ken Burns' effect and fade out to next slide as too much is kinda overload IMHO.
Then burnt to DVD that plays on any TV-DVD player as is still portions of family luddite like, as well as usually the TV has the biggest screen.
What a fun project, no wonder macs are the choice of pro's who do any kind of visual work.